Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson

Date of Birth

Birthday: December 17
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Sarah Paulson has built an impressive list of credits in film, television and on stage, challenging herself with each new role.

In television, Paulson was most recently seen on American Horror Story where she has portrayed various roles throughout the show's past four seasons. On HBO, she won critical acclaim for her performance in Game Change. For her performance, Paulson received a 2012 Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie.

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Sarah Paulson has built an impressive list of credits in film, television and on stage, challenging herself with each new role.

In television, Paulson was most recently seen on American Horror Story where she has portrayed various roles throughout the show's past four seasons. On HBO, she won critical acclaim for her performance in Game Change. For her performance, Paulson received a 2012 Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie.

In film, Paulson appeared in director Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, opposite Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Paul Giamatti. Prior to that, Paulson wrapped production on Jeff Nichols' film Mud, a drama about two boys who make a pact to help a fugitive escape from a Mississippi island. Paulson stars alongside Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey in the role of Mary Lee. The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Paulson also starred in The Time Being, Fox Searchlight’s critically acclaimed film Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Spirit, The Notorious Bettie Page, Down with Love, What Women Want, The Other Sister, and Diggers.

Paulson was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, in which she starred opposite Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, and Steven Weber.

Her major television credits also include the lead role on the drama Leap of Faith, Deadwood, Path to WarJack and Jill, Cupid, and the series American Gothic with Gary Cole.

On stage, Paulson starred on Broadway in the two-hander Collected Stories opposite Linda Lavin. Previously she appeared on Broadway in the revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, in the critically acclaimed Cherry Orchard for the Mark Taper Forum, Killer Joe, Horton Foote's Talking Pictures at the Signature Theatre, and the off-Broadway production The Gingerbread House.

In 2016, Paulson portrayed real life prosecutor Marcia Clark in the first season of the anthology series American Crime Story, subtitled "The People v. O. J. Simpson." For her work in the series, she won the Primetime Emmy Award, Critics' Choice Television Award, TCA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.

In 2017, Time named Paulson one of the 100 most influential people of the year.

In 2018, Paulson received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her work on American Horror Story: Cult.

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Awards & Nominations

7 Nominations | 1 Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie - 2018
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie - 2016
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie - 2016
  • Nominee
  • Sarah Paulson, as Hypodermic Sally / Billie Dean Howard
  • American Horror Story: Hotel
  • FX Networks
  • 20th Century Fox Television, FX Productions
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie - 2015
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie - 2014
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie - 2013
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie - 2012
  • Nominee
  • Sarah Paulson, as Nicolle Wallace
  • Game Change
  • HBO
  • Playtone and Everyman Pictures in association with HBO Films
2018 Performers Nominee Reception
2018 Performers Nominee Reception
Sarah Paulson
Claire Foy and Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson and Connie Britton
Sarah Paulson and Connie Britton
Sarah Paulson and Jason Bateman present an award at the 69th Primetime Emmys.
Susan Sarandon, from left, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Jackie Hoffman at the 69th Emmys Governors Ball.
Sarah Paulson and Jason Bateman on stage at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
Marcia Clark and Sarah Paulson at the 68th Emmys Governors Ball.
Marcia Clark and Sarah Paulson at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
Bryan Cranston presents the award to Sarah Paulson at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
Sarah Paulson accepts her award at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
Sarah Paulson and Marcia Clark on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
Sarah Paulson photobombs Beau Bridges and Mayim BIalik at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
Sarah Paulson and American Horror Story co-star Naomi Grossman at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
Sarah Paulson with Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
Sarah Paulson and Jason Butler Harner arrive at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
Sarah Paulson, Connie Britton and Lily Rabe onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
Sarah Paulson and Connie Britton onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
Sarah Paulson onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
Sarah Paulson at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
Sarah Paulson arrives at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates onstage at An Evening with the women of American Horror Story.
Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
Sarah Paulson arrives at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception in West Hollywood.
Sarah Paulson of American Horror Story at the 66th Emmys Governors Ball.
Sarah Paulson of American Horror Story: Coven arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.
Sarah Paulson of American Horror Story: Coven arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.
Academy Chairman & CEO Bruce Rosenblum, left, and nominee Sarah Paulson attend the Television Academy's 66th Emmy Awards Performance Nominee Reception at the Pacific Design Center on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Invision fo
Alysia Reiner (l) of Orange Is the New Black, Sarah Paulson (c) of American Horror Story: Coven and Margo Martindale (r) of The Americans attend the Performers nominee reception.
Sarah Paulson (l) of American Horror Story: Coven and Uzo Aduba (r) Orange Is the New Black attend the Performers nominee reception.
The nominees attend the Performers nominee reception.
(From left) Uzo Aduba, Sarah Paulson, Taylor Schilling and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attend the Performers nominee reception.
Bruce Rosenblum (l) and Sarah Paulson (r) of American Horror Story: Coven attend the Performers nominee reception.
Lily Tomlin, Sarah Paulson, Bob Bergen
Sarah Paulson
A frightfully fun place to sit for the 65th Emmy Awards.
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2018 Performers Nominee Reception
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Sarah Paulson, Darren Criss, and Betty Gilpin at the 2018 Performers Nominee Reception presented by the Television Academy at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 15, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California.

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2018 Performers Nominee Reception
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Television Academy Governor Patrika Darbo, Sterling K. Brown, Sarah Paulson, and Television Academy Governor Bob Bergen at the 2018 Performers Nominee Reception presented by the Television Academy at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 15, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California.

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Sarah Paulson
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Sarah Paulson on stage at the 70th Emmy Awards.

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Claire Foy and Sarah Paulson
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Sarah Paulson presents an award to Claire Foy at the 70th Emmy Awards.

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Sarah Paulson and Connie Britton
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Sarah Paulson and Connie Britton on the red carpet at the 70th Emmy Awards.

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Sarah Paulson and Connie Britton
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Sarah Paulson and Connie Britton on the red carpet at the 70th Emmy Awards.

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Sarah Paulson and Jason Bateman present an award at the 69th Primetime Emmys.
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Sarah Paulson and Jason Bateman present an award at the 69th Primetime Emmys. 

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Susan Sarandon, from left, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Jackie Hoffman at the 69th Emmys Governors Ball.
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Susan Sarandon, from left, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Jackie Hoffman at the 69th Emmys Governors Ball. 

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Sarah Paulson and Jason Bateman on stage at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
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Sarah Paulson and Jason Bateman on stage at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.

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Marcia Clark and Sarah Paulson at the 68th Emmys Governors Ball.
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Marcia Clark and Sarah Paulson at the 68th Emmys Governors Ball.

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Marcia Clark and Sarah Paulson at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
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Marcia Clark and Sarah Paulson at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.

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Bryan Cranston presents the award to Sarah Paulson at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
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Bryan Cranston presents the award to Sarah Paulson at the 2016 Primetime Emmys. 

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Sarah Paulson accepts her award at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
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Sarah Paulson accepts her award at the 2016 Primetime Emmys. 

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Sarah Paulson and Marcia Clark on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
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Sarah Paulson and Marcia Clark on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.

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Sarah Paulson photobombs Beau Bridges and Mayim BIalik at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
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Sarah Paulson photobombs Beau Bridges and Mayim Bialik at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.

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Sarah Paulson and American Horror Story co-star Naomi Grossman at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
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Sarah Paulson and American Horror Story co-star Naomi Grossman at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.

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Sarah Paulson with Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
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Sarah Paulson with Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.

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Sarah Paulson and Jason Butler Harner arrive at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
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Sarah Paulson and Jason Butler Harner arrive at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.

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Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
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Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.

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Sarah Paulson, Connie Britton and Lily Rabe onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
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Sarah Paulson, Connie Britton and Lily Rabe onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.

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Sarah Paulson and Connie Britton onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
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Sarah Paulson and Connie Britton onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.

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Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
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Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.

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Sarah Paulson onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
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Sarah Paulson onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.

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Sarah Paulson at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
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Sarah Paulson at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.

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Sarah Paulson arrives at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
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Sarah Paulson arrives at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.

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Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates onstage at An Evening with the women of American Horror Story.
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Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates onstage at An Evening with the women of American Horror Story.

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Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.
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Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson onstage at An Evening with the Women of American Horror Story in Hollywood, California.

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Sarah Paulson as Cordelia Foxx of American Horror Story: Coven.

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Sarah Paulson as Bette and Dot Tattler of FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show

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Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson arrives at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception in West Hollywood.
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Sarah Paulson arrives at the Performers Peer Group nominee reception in West Hollywood.

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Sarah Paulson of American Horror Story at the 66th Emmys Governors Ball.
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Sarah Paulson of American Horror Story at the 66th Emmys Governors Ball.

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Sarah Paulson of American Horror Story: Coven arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.
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Sarah Paulson of American Horror Story: Coven arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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Sarah Paulson of American Horror Story: Coven arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.
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Sarah Paulson of American Horror Story: Coven arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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Academy Chairman & CEO Bruce Rosenblum, left, and nominee Sarah Paulson attend the Television Academy's 66th Emmy Awards Performance Nominee Reception at the Pacific Design Center on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Invision fo
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Academy Chairman & CEO Bruce Rosenblum, left, and nominee Sarah Paulson attend the Television Academy's 66th Emmy Awards Performance Nominee Reception at the Pacific Design Center on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

Alysia Reiner (l) of Orange Is the New Black, Sarah Paulson (c) of American Horror Story: Coven and Margo Martindale (r) of The Americans attend the Performers nominee reception.
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Alysia Reiner (l) of Orange Is the New Black, Sarah Paulson (c) of American Horror Story: Coven and Margo Martindale (r) of The Americans attend the Performers nominee reception.

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Sarah Paulson (l) of American Horror Story: Coven and Uzo Aduba (r) Orange Is the New Black attend the Performers nominee reception.
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Sarah Paulson (l) of American Horror Story: Coven and Uzo Aduba (r) Orange Is the New Black at the Performers nominee reception.

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The nominees attend the Performers nominee reception.
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The nominees attend the Performers nominee reception.

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(From left) Uzo Aduba, Sarah Paulson, Taylor Schilling and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attend the Performers nominee reception.
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(From left) Uzo Aduba, Sarah Paulson, Taylor Schilling and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attend the Performers nominee reception.

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Bruce Rosenblum (l) and Sarah Paulson (r) of American Horror Story: Coven attend the Performers nominee reception.
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Bruce Rosenblum (l) and Sarah Paulson (r) of American Horror Story: Coven attend the Performers nominee reception.

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Lily Tomlin, Sarah Paulson, Bob Bergen
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Sarah Paulson
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A frightfully fun place to sit for the 65th Emmy Awards.
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